(All bold is mine) Last summer I e-mailed Chief Beckner. It involved trying to find out what was up with Lee Hill's arrest warrant. I was getting the runaround like you wouldn't believe. All I wanted to know was who I had to call to find out if the warrant was still valid. Every single department told me to contact another department until literally I was going in circles. Here is my email to Beckner. Dear Chief Beckner, My name is Tricia Griffith. I own a discussion forum at www.forumsforjustice.org We have put up information concerning the arrest warrant for Walter Leon Hill aka Lee Hill. 3/26/1959 Criminal action number D0072003CR0012261 Chief Beckner the trouble I am running into is I can't get anyone from the police department, or any department for that matter, to call me back with updated information. Chief Beckner I hope you understand my concern. I would hate to have Lee Hill on the front page of my discussion forum ( that gets well over 300 thousand hits a week) if he is in custody or his case has been cleared up. If you could please direct me to someone I could talk with concerning Lee Hill. I would like to check in at least once a week with this person. Like I said I do not want incorrect information being put out for the world to see. I thank you in advance for your time and consideration in this matter. Sincerely Tricia Griffith owner www.forumsforjustice.org Ok nowhere do I even come close to suggesting I want special treatment. Nor do I suggest he take part in any Internet discussion. I wanted the proper name or department so I could call and get the info. Now here is his response to me. "Tricia: This is simply something we do not get into......providing information for internet discussion forums. As you can imagine, this would open the door for all sorts of requests from many different people. We do not have the time or the interest to get involved with this sort of thing. As a member of the public, you can certainly use normal channels to request copies of public information from our Records Section." Ok me jumping here. I thought we were helping law enforcement by putting Hill's name and picture out there but I guess there is no desire to help anyone who wants to capture criminals in Boulder. Also note I had called the "records section" about a million times and they told me to call the police department. I wanted to go through "normal" channels like he said. Trouble was no one knew what those normal channels were. Now more.. "However,there are some things that are protected by law and there will be a charge for providing copies of reports. You may also make such requests of the Boulder County Sheriff's Department, who operates the county jail. Thank you for understanding. Mark R. Beckner" In my email did I even suggest I wanted something for free? NO. I did call the Sheriff's office and was told to call records who told me to call the police. Finally I called the jail directly and was able to get info. Now for a layman like me how in the world would I know to call the jail to find updated warrant info. Can this guy be any more condescending? He might as well called me a white trash pig for bothering him. His contempt for the Internet oozed out from the email like a festering sore. Now let's talk about San Diego Prosecutor Jeff Dusek who actually turned to the Internet for help in the Danielle van Damn/Westerfield case. From the San Diego Tribune: http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/metro/danielle/20021212-9999_7m12westy.html Anecdotes offered from murder case By Alex Roth UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER December 12, 2002 When a person goes in search of enlightenment, it's usually good advice to avoid an Internet chat room. And yet it was a random posting on the Internet that led to a key piece of evidence in the David Westerfield case. At a luncheon in Mission Valley yesterday, prosecutors Jeff Dusek and George "Woody" Clarke told a number of anecdotes â€“ some of them funny, others poignant and revealing â€“ about what happened behind the scenes in the most publicized criminal trial in San Diego County history. The luncheon was organized by the San Diego Crime Commission and about 100 people attended. The lawyers talked about their late-night strategy sessions, about the emotional toll of the case on their spouses, about moments of inspiration that came from the strangest of places. They also took some shots at the media coverage â€“ especially the media's treatment of the parents of 7-year-old Danielle van Dam â€“ and revealed some previously undisclosed statements they said were made by Westerfield. He is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 3 for kidnapping and killing the Sabre Springs second-grader. A jury has recommended the death penalty. It was Dusek who told the story about the Internet. During the trial, he said, the lawyers were surfing a Web site where most of the postings were from people convinced of Westerfield's innocence. Several of the postings dealt with the subject of the blond hairs found in Westerfield's motor home. Prosecutors said the hair proved that Westerfield kidnapped the girl. Westerfield's lawyers said their client often kept the motor home unlocked in the neighborhood and that the girl might have snuck inside at some point to play. On the chat room, the discussion turned to speculation about whether the prosecution had bothered to find out the date of Danielle's last haircut. The consensus in the chat room was that of course they had. Actually, they hadn't. They'd never thought to do so. It turned out that Danielle's last haircut had been five days before her disappearance. After the haircut, her hair was eight inches long â€“ the exact length of the hairs found in the motor home, which hadn't been parked in the neighborhood for several months. *snip* Jeff Dusek had no trouble turning to the Internet for help. In fact he seemed quite thrilled with it actually. Jeff Dusek won his case. Chief Beckner had his taken away. "nuff said. I hope Chief Beckner re-thinks his position on the Internet. Especially since Forums for Justice is getting ready to launch a new Cold Case files section where we will be working with law enforcement. A law enforcement community that is glad to have our help. Welcomes it. One final note. I hope all of you had a chance to visit the Richard Illes section of our forum. One of our posters, LurkerXIV, covered that trial for us and did a great job. You can't tell me for one second that the prosecutor or the defense didn't check in on FFJ every day for ideas. We really are here to help if those with closed minds will let us.